Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Israeli Holocaust Memorial to Honor Muslims

By Khalil

As the media focuses on "Islamofascism," Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, is honoring the Muslims of Albania for protecting Jews from Hitler's army in 1943. Due to the heroic actions of the government and the people, there were more Jews in Albania after the war than before it. This is an important episode in Muslim-Jewish solidarity. Click here for the article from the Jerusalem Post on the special exhibit at Yad Vashem.

"The extraordinary story of Albania, where an entire nation, both the government and the population, acted to rescue Jews is truly remarkable," said exhibition curator Yehudit Shendar. "Many, if not all, were heavily influenced in their choice by Islam... This very human story, told through these sensitive portraits, combine to highlight a little-known but remarkable aspect of the Holocaust."

1 comment:

Jeremy Avins said...

This is indeed a very important development. While it's unfortunate that we seem to need to have shared experiences in a tragedy to help bring us together, these kind of stories can help us take something hopeful from a horrific past to help construct a positive future.

On a related note, Robert Satloff at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy recently published a book on Arab rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. You can read about it here:

http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=1586483994